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Flanders Fields, D-Day Beaches & Liberation

13 Days / 12 Nights

Brussels, Bruges, Brussels, Paris, Bayeux, Paris

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France and Belgium are among the best combinations for an unforgettable European trip. This 13-day itinerary is ideal for anyone keen on taking in the elegance and charm of cities like Bruges, Brussels, Paris, and Bayeux, but also delving into First and Second World War History by visiting some of the most famous landmarks and monuments. From the medieval architecture of Bruges to the steeped with history battlefields of Flanders to the warmth of fine chocolate in Brussels, this trip introduces you to the best of Belgium. Moving on to France, get ready to be swept off of your feet by the gorgeous City of Light but also to plunge into the French capital's history, by learning about the everyday life of Parisians during the Occupation, Resistance, and Liberation. In Bayeux, nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring scenery that awaits along the coast of Normandy and the famous D-Day beaches. One of our team members in France will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, a valuable source of information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips, from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3 to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.
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Day Stop in Brussels

Day Stop in Brussels

1 days in Brussels
1 days in Brussels

Day Stop in Brussels

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

Day 1 - Day Stop in Brussels

Day 1 - Day Stop in Brussels

Welcome to Belgium!

A driver will pick you up from the airport in Brussels and take you directly to Bruges. The duration of the journey is one hour and a half. For an additional fee, you can also visit Ghent, one of Belgium’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Flanders, on the way.

Bruges by Private Transfer

3 Nights in Bruges

3 Nights in Bruges

4 days in Bruges
4 days in Bruges

3 Nights in Bruges

Despite its small size, Bruges is a city of wonders where divine beauty coexists with the mundane pleasures of exquisite chocolate and locally brewed beer. In the Middle Ages, Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. This splendor is evident in Bruges’ sophisticated architecture that features magnificent buildings with unique ornamental elements, such as golden figures and countless turrets. Wandering around the cobblestone lanes of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world feels like a journey into the past. Back in the present, the city’s peaceful canals mirror the unfathomable beauty of Bruges, capturing it in what seems to be an eternal moment.

Despite its small size, Bruges is a city of wonders where divine beauty coexists with the mundane pleasures of exquisite chocolate and locally brewed beer. In the Middle Ages, Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. This splendor is evident in Bruges’ sophisticated architecture that features magnificent buildings with unique ornamental elements, such as golden figures and countless turrets. Wandering around the cobblestone lanes of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world feels like a journey into the past. Back in the present, the city’s peaceful canals mirror the unfathomable beauty of Bruges, capturing it in what seems to be an eternal moment.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Bruges

Upon arrival the driver will take you to your accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Bruges

Flanders Fields Battlefield Small Group Tour

Flanders Fields Battlefield Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

No visit to Belgium is complete without a journey into the country's troubled past. At the crossroads of Britain, Germany, and France, Belgium has always been conquered by one of the almighty nations. This full-day trip to Flanders lets you in on all the secrets of Belgium's long and fascinating history.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Bruges

World Heritage in Bruges Private Walking Tour

Wandering Around The Medieval Heart of Bruges

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are exploring the picture-perfect Bruges, a city that has been awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status for its unique medieval architecture that's heavily influenced by the commercial and cultural activity the city witnessed in the past. During this two-hour walking tour across the medieval streets and alleys of the Old Town, you will discover world-famous attractions, such as the Lake of Love, the Beguinage, the Church of Our Lady, the canals, the Burg Square with the Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Market Square with its Belfry.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Brussels by Train

You're leaving Bruges behind today and heading to Brussels. We will arrange your transfer to the train station and provide you with second-class train tickets. If you prefer, you can upgrade to first class for an additional fee. There are several train departures from Bruges to Brussels daily. Therefore, you can choose your preferred departure time. Once on the train, sit back and enjoy the 2-hour journey.

Brussels by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Brussels by Private Transfer with a 2-Hour Stop in Ghent

Brussels by Private Transfer with a 2-Hour Stop in Ghent

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Bruges

Belgian Chocolate Workshop Group Experience
Easy2 hours 30 minutes
Waffle Workshop Group Experience
Easy1 hour and 30 minutes

2 Nights in Brussels

2 Nights in Brussels

3 days in Brussels
3 days in Brussels

2 Nights in Brussels

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Brussels

When you arrive at the train station in Brussels, a driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation.

Art Nouveau Architecture in Brussels Private Walking Tour

Art Nouveau Masterpieces in Brussels

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For many, Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau architecture. The Art Nouveau brilliance lies at the core of Brussels, and it's one of the characteristics that have been defining the city throughout the centuries. To learn more about the Art Nouveau movement in Brussels, we recommend taking a private tour that will guide you through most of the city's Art Nouveau gems.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Brussels

Highlights of Brussels Private Walking Tour

Highlights of Brussels Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

During a picturesque walk through the alleys of the historic center, a local experienced guide will show you some of the must-see places in the city, such as Grand Place, MannekenPis, and Galeries Saint Hubert. You will hear about the history of Brussels and its numerous legends.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours, 45 minutes

Belgian Chocolate Workshop Group Experience

Belgian Chocolate Workshop - Group Experience

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Become a real Belgian chocolate maker in just two and a half hours and learn how to make delicious treats under the guidance of a local artisan.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Paris by Train

You're leaving Brussels behind today and heading to Paris. We will arrange your transfer to the train station and provide you with second-class train tickets. If you prefer, you can upgrade to first class for an additional fee. There are several train departures from Brussels to Paris daily. Therefore, you can choose your preferred departure time. Once on the train, sit back and enjoy the 1.5 hours journey.

Paris by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Paris by Private Transfer

Paris by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Brussels

Beer Tasting Group Experience
Easy1 hour and 15 minutes
Beer and Chocolate Group Tour
Easy4 hours and 30 minutes
Beer and Chocolate Private Tour
Easy4 hours 30 minutes
Best of Brussels Small Group Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

4 days in Paris
4 days in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to the City of Light! A driver will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your accommodation.

Seine Boat Group Cruise Experience Including Dinner (Privilège Service)

Welcome To The City of Light

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

When in Paris, you shouldn't miss any chance to see the city in the evening, with its iconic landmarks and monuments illuminated to perfection. For your first evening in Paris, we recommend a cruise along the Seine River at the magical moment when the day gives way to the night. Enjoy enchanting views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Pont Neuf (New Bridge), Pont Alexandre, and many more while savoring a delicious dinner paired with French wine onboard an all-glass boat.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour and 15 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Paris

Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour

Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you want to see the best of Paris in one day in the company of a local guide, look no further. From visiting iconic landmarks, such as the Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, to wandering around the quaintest neighborhoods in Paris, like the Latin Quarter and Le Marais, this tour has it all.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Paris

Paris During the Occupation and Liberation Private Tour

Paris During the Occupation and Liberation Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Throughout its history, the City of Lights had its fair share of dark moments. The Occupation was one of them. This tour narrates the events that took place between 1940 and 1944 and how the people of Paris survived the Occupation. You will visit many spots around the city that are intertwined with the Occupation, such as the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, and the Champs Élysées while listening to stories about everyday life in Paris under the Occupation, the Resistance, and the Liberation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

The Original Flavors of Paris Private Tour

A Taste of Paris

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

The best way to get to know a destination is through its distinct tastes. When in Paris, we recommend taking a private tour of the French capital's original flavors. During this walking tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the company of a knowledgeable local guide, while eating your way through the iconic streets of Paris. The tour includes various tastings, from croissants, cheese, and baguettes to wine, chocolates, and jams.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Bayeux by Private Transfer

Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Paris and take you directly to Bayeux. Duration of the journey is 3 hours. For an additional fee, we can arrange a stop in Caen, city considered to be the destination that best exemplifies Normandy thanks to its rich history and proximity to the region's beaches and Alp-like mountains.

Bayeux by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Catacombs of Paris Self-Guided Visit
Strenuous45 minutes
Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience
Light11 hours
Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau, Full Day Private Tour to Loire Valley
Moderate11 hours
Closing Time at the Louvre: Mona Lisa at Her Most Peaceful
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Bayeux

3 Nights in Bayeux

4 days in Bayeux
4 days in Bayeux

3 Nights in Bayeux

Because of its geographical location, Bayeux has always been part of France's coastal defense. Progressively, it became an important city in Normandy, the northwestern-most of the eighteen regions of France. Bayeux is linked to two famous cross-Channel invasions. The Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 is depicted on the famous tapestry that has been kept in Bayeux for so many centuries and now bears the town's name. Later on, during the WWII Normandy Landings that took place in June 1944, Bayeux was the first city to be liberated from the German army. These two significant historical events make lesser-known Bayeux a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.

Because of its geographical location, Bayeux has always been part of France's coastal defense. Progressively, it became an important city in Normandy, the northwestern-most of the eighteen regions of France. Bayeux is linked to two famous cross-Channel invasions. The Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 is depicted on the famous tapestry that has been kept in Bayeux for so many centuries and now bears the town's name. Later on, during the WWII Normandy Landings that took place in June 1944, Bayeux was the first city to be liberated from the German army. These two significant historical events make lesser-known Bayeux a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Bayeux

Upon arrival in Bayeux, your driver will take you to your accommodation.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Bayeux

American D-Day Small Group Full Day Tour

Plunging into WWII History in Normandy

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are embarking on a journey into one of the most critical WWII moments, the 1944 D-Day, when the Normandy landings took place. In the company of your knowledgeable guide, you will see history unfold before your eyes on the sandy beaches of Normandy, like Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, where men and women gave their lives to restore peace and freedom in Europe and the entire world.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Classic WW2 Jeep Private Tour

Classic WW2 Jeep Private Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Get on board an authentic World War II Willy’s Jeep and be a part of history as you get to know the sites of the Normandy landings from the best vantage point. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most significant beaches and you'll have time for a moment of somber reflection at the American cemetery.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Bayeux

Mont-Saint Michel Private Tour

A Trip To Dreamy Mont-Saint-Michel

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For your second day in Bayeaux, we recommend taking a day trip to one of the most fascinating places to visit in France: Mont-Saint-Michel. Built atop a rock in the middle of a scenic bay that witnesses the highest and most impressive tides in continental Europe, the dramatic medieval abbey seems to be hovering over the water, creating a spectacle to remember for life.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8 hours and 30 minutes

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Paris by Train

Today you will head to Paris. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Bayeux and take you to the train station where you will board the 2h45m train to Paris. We have included standard class train tickets in your package but and upgrade to higher class is possible for an extra fee.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Paris by Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Caen

Paris by Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Caen

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel Full Day Small Group Tour
Strenuous8 hours and 30 minutes
Omaha and Gold Sectors Small Group Half Day Tour
Moderate4 hours and 30 minutes

1 Night in Paris

1 Night in Paris

2 days in Paris
2 days in Paris

1 Night in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to the City of Light! A driver will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your accommodation.

Day 13

Day 13 - Departure Day

It's time to leave France behind. On your day of departure, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the airport in plenty of time for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Catacombs of Paris Self-Guided Visit
Strenuous45 minutes
Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience
Light11 hours
Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau, Full Day Private Tour to Loire Valley
Moderate11 hours
Closing Time at the Louvre: Mona Lisa at Her Most Peaceful
Light3 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Brussels

Brussels Airport - Bruges Private Transfer

Bruges

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Flanders Fields Battlefield Small Group Tour
World Heritage in Bruges Private Tour
Bruges Train Station Transfer
Bruges - Brussels Train

Brussels

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Brussels Midi-Zuid Train Station Transfer
Highlights of Brussels Private Walking Tour
Brussels Midi-Zuid Train Station Transfer
Brussels - Paris Train

Paris

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Train Station Transfer
Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour
Paris During the Occupation and Liberation Private Tour
Paris - Bayeux Private Transfer

Bayeux

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
American D-Day Small Group Tour
Bayeux Train Station Transfer
Bayeux - Paris Train

Paris

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Train Station Transfer
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Departure Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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